Thursday, September 22, 2011

Friday’s Favs…The farm on P.E.I.

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Prince Edward Island is where Mama was born.

The way I’ve heard the story…

After they were married Grandpa and Nana had left the island and moved to Maine and began their family.

They had returned to Prince Edward Island for a time to help on my Great Grandfather’s,

(my Nana’s father’s), farm.

The farmhouse there was built by my great grandfather

and the farm was said to be one of the most prosperous on the island.

His intention was to leave the farm to my grandfather and Nana, (his daughter).

While they were on the island, my mama was born, the only one of the 9 children born on P.E.I.

Evidently, my Great Grandfather and Grandfather did not get along,

so Grandpa, Nana, and the children returned to Maine,

where Mama grew up and, during World War II, met and married a handsome sailor, my daddy.

They married and eventually moved out west, ending up in Oregon.

The farm on P.E.I. was given to another family member, and it remains in the family to this day.

The family there speaks Acadian French and lives a quiet, simple life like much of the rest of the islanders.

My Nana and Grandfather still spoke French, (much different from the Parisienne French I learned in high school by the way), but Mama and her siblings, raised in Maine away from their French speaking relatives, did not continue the language.

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Me, Elva, (one of the P.E. I. family who so graciously showed us around and introduced us to other relatives),

and my sister.

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Beautiful old needlework hanging above a doorway in the farmhouse says “Live Long” in French.

Interesting that most of the family do indeed live long lives.

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The bannister which is original to the house.

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The old wood burning cookstove, still used to this day.

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This drying rack behind the stove was made by my great grandfather.

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Charming old trim details.

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I wanted to be an “American Picker” and dig through the old barn for treasures! Smile

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Stored in the eaves of the barn, an old sleigh.

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Wish I could have carried this ladder back home to Oregon with me!

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Behind the white barn in the distance, you can see the sea from the farm.

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Old farm tools and machinery from years gone by.

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Still following,

Elizabeth


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18 comments:

  1. The woman in the picture with you and your sister reminded me of your mama. :) Great pictures of the house. Glad your back!

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  2. Wow, how great to be able to experience your family history like that! Did you feel at all "Anne Shirley"?

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  3. Oh Elizabeth, those photos are fabulous. What a blessing...a treat...a gift..to get to be there and go back in time. I would have wanted to be a picker too. My goodness at the treasures.

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  4. How wonderful that the Family Farm has remained in the Family, rich with History, it is so Beautiful... and yes, a Picker's Dream! *Winks* Thank you for sharing your Family's Story with us...

    Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

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  5. what an amazing legacy
    you have to go visit

    the stories the walls of that house
    and barn
    could tell
    if given the chance
    would
    no doubt
    be riveting

    thank you for sharing a little
    piece of your history
    at fridays unfolded

    and i do adore that staircase.

    alison

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  6. I love your old family farm. Your whole trip to PEI sounds just wonderful.

    That bannister is beautiful and is my second favorite part. My first fav? That sleigh.

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  7. I'm another Elizabeth, from Ontario Canada, stopping by from French Country Cottage. I think it is wonderful that you were able to visit beautiful PEI and meet and learn about your heritage.

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  8. What a wonderful story. How grand it must of been to step into your great grandparents home. Thank you for sharing.

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  9. What a wonderful place to visit, Elizabeth, and to have such a connection makes it even more special.
    This reminds me of two of my favorite series... Anne of Green Gables, and Avonlea.
    Thank you for sharing.
    Sue

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  10. What a wonderful story, I live in Manitoba and my dream is to go to PEI. How nice that you know about your ancestors and where they came from. The house is so pretty, interesting that the old wood stove is still in use.
    Hugs, Cindy

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  11. Wow! That stove was incredible. Thanks for sharing. Susan

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  12. I've always wanted to visit that island...ever since I saw Anne of Green Gables. So beautiful. A farm by the sea. Wow...I would have wanted that ladder too.

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  13. What wonderful pics of the house and farm. Makes me wish I was there right now. Fall is the PERFECT time to be on a farm anyway! I just popped over from Laurieanna's.

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  14. What a blessing to be able to visit your family farm--and what a beautiful setting! I've wanted to visit P.E. I. since watching and reading the Anne of Green Gables series.

    I was blessed to be able to visit our family farm where my father was born in Illinois more than a hundred years ago! (When he was born, not when I visited! ;-) A true gift of God.

    Blessings,
    Marilyn

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  15. This is just such a wonderful place. I'm so glad you were able to go visit! I can't imagine all the amazing things that barn contains. thanks for sharing the inspiration, xoxo

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  16. How gorgeous- what a lovely farmhouse and setting and post!! Thanks for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday!

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